ORANGUTANS CAN ACTUALLY SPEAK, BUT THEY DON’T IN ORDER TO AVOID BEING FORCED TO
* Javanese myth
I AM AN ANIMAL
The relationship between people and animals is a re!ection of social developments. It can be seen as a symptom of these developments or a response to them. There is a wide range of how animals are seen, from being valued for their usefulness to being an object of sentiment. Animals are food, beasts of burden, sympathetic companions, mediators, colleagues, substitutes for partners or children, etc. Linked to this is the status of animals, whether they are seen as an object or as a subject, whether they are subjugated or are treated as equal beings, as is demanded by post-humanism.